Just opened an unrefrigerated can of cola? Is the living becoming too warm? Inside ice dispensers and several types of heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are water actuators. It is these water electric actuators that controls the appliance in some way, dispensing the right amount of ice or automatically closing vents. Water actuators found in dishwashers control pressure.
Water actuators in chilled water HVAC systems are typically electric actuators. They allow the chilled water to move through system or stop the flow, effectively controlling the room’s temperature. Electric actuators can also be found in refrigerators that dispense chilled or filtered water. The paddle used to stop or start the action in these types of fridges use water actuators.
The same can be said for ice making/ice dispensing machines, from the stand-alone kind to the ones found in fridge doors. Are hollow ice cubes coming out of the ice dispenser? It could be time to replace the water actuator – it’s no longer properly regulating the flow of water from its source to where it’s chilled before being formed into cubes.
The newest trend in ice making machines is The Nug, so named because the ice it produces resembles small nuggets. The manufacturer claims these ice nuggets will actually take on the flavor of your beverage. If it dispenses ice then there’s most likely an electric water actuator inside.